St Lawrence, Gumfreston (Former Church)

Name:
St Lawrence, Gumfreston (Former Church)
Record Type:
Parish Church
Church code:
3665
Diocese:
St Davids
Archdeaconry:
St Davids
Parish:

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Buildings At Risk Status

On Buildings At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Buildings at Risk Register
 

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Medieval

Exterior Image

The Church of St Lawrence Gumfreston
Caption:
The Church of St Lawrence Gumfreston
Description:
Looking towards the north elevation.
Year / Date:
2005
Copyright:
Humphrey Bolton
Originator:
Tina Andrew

Summary Description

The Church of St Lawrence is located on a small wooded sloping site in the hamlet of Gumfreston overlooking the coastal town of Tenby in the distance. There are three ancient wells at the bottom of the churchyard which drain into the Rhydeg (Ritec), a narrow watercourse which runs down to the sea. The wells are thought to pre-date the modest church whose building history appears to be quite complex, with odd little features and a mixture of architectural styles. The church is entered via a western porch straight into the nave, which has a small semi-circular recess in the north wall and a panel showing a faint wall-painting thought to be St Lawrence. The base of the north tower forms a small transept with a large passage-squint into the chancel. There is a tiny south chapel and a tomb or Easter Sepulchre in the west wall. The oldest part of the church is probably the chancel arch (12/13C) and possibly the nave. The small south chapel dates to 14/15C and the tower to 15/16C. Restoration in 1869 by the architect Thomas Graham Jackson (best remembered for his work in Oxford and at the University) earlier in his career, included buttressing the south wall and nave roof with arch-braces and crown-posts. References: Pevsner Buildings of Wales - Pembrokeshire and Cadw list descriptions for St Lawrence (5958) and holy wells (17130).

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
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Sources and Further Information

View information on worship and access at this church on the Church In Wales web site
RCAHMW (2004) Coflein http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/300432/details/ [Digital Archive/Document]
A description of the church in the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) Coflein database.
DAT (2016) Historic Environment Record http://cofiadurcahcymru.org.uk/arch/query/page.php?watprn=DAT3687 [Digital Archive/Document]
The HER description from Dyfed Archaeological Trust for the Church of St Lawrence.
DAT (2016) Historic Environment Record http://cofiadurcahcymru.org.uk/arch/query/page.php?watprn=DAT3668 [Digital Archive/Document]
The HER description from Dyfed Archaeological Trust for the wells in the churchyard.
Tina Andrew (2005) The Church of St Lawrence Gumfreston [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
The Church of St Lawrence Gumfreston
Church of St Lawrence looking towards the tower.
Cadw (1996) Historic Wales Report (5958) http://cadwpublic-api.azurewebsites.net/reports/listedbuilding/FullReport?lang=en&id=5958 [Digital Archive/Document]
The listed building description for the church of St Lawrence Gumfreston.
Cadw (1996) Historic Wales Report (17130) http://cadwpublic-api.azurewebsites.net/reports/listedbuilding/FullReport?lang=en&id=17130 [Digital Archive/Document]
The list description of the three wells in the churchyard of the church of St Lawrence.
Tina Andrew (2003) Plan of St Lawrence's Church, Gumfreston [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Plan of St Lawrence's Church, Gumfreston
() Brecon Cathedral [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Brecon Cathedral